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PETTIGREW, Charles, clergyman, born in Pennsylvania in 1748 ; died on Bonarva plantation, Tyrrel County, North Carolina, 7 April, 1807. The family was originally French, but his father was settled in County. Tyrone, Ireland, whence he emigrated to this country in 1740. The family emigrated to South Carolina in 1768. Charles was educated in North Carolina, and in June, 1778, appointed principal of the public school in Edenton. Soon afterward he began to study for the ministry in the Church of England, and in the winter of 1774-'5 he made a voyage across the ocean to obtain orders. He was ordained deacon by the Bishop of London, and priest by the Bishop of Rochester in 1775. He returned to the United States in the last ship that sailed before the war of the Revolution began. His parish church was in Edenton, but in addition he had chapels of ease in adjoining counties, and was very zealous and active in the discharge of his duties. He was also noted for his sincere loyalty to his country and her rights in the struggle with England. Although invited several times to accept posts in Virginia, he preferred to remain where he was in Carolina. In 1790 he took some steps toward organizing the Episcopal church in North Carolina. A meeting of the clergy was held in Tarboro in June, 1790, but nothing of moment was done for three or four years. In May, 1794, a convention was held in Tarboro. a constitution was framed and adopted, and Mr. Pettigrew was elected bishop. He accepted the post with reluctance, owing to feeble health and increasing infirmities, and he never received consecration. He gave cordial help toward establishing the University of North Carolina, and was one of its overseers from 1790 till 1793. About 1794 he took up his residence at the plantations of Bonarva and Begrod, near Lake Scuppernong, and built there Pettigrew's chapel, which he presented to the church. Ever after this he declined all compensation for clerical services. Mr. Pettigrew was a man of excellent attainments. He published several tracts on infant baptism for local circulation without his name, and in 1797 he addressed a letter to his sons in college. This was subsequently printed, and is spoken of as portraying the character of a Christian gentleman in a very felicitous manner.--His son, Ebenezer, congressman, born near Edenton, North Carolina, 10 March, 1783; died in Magnolia, Tyrrel County, North Carolina, 8 July, 1848, devoted himself entirely to agriculture for many years, but was chosen to the state senate in 1809 and 1810, and in 1835-'7 served a term in congress, having been elected as a Whig. He did much to improve methods of farming in his county, and his own estate on Lake Phelps was a model. -Ebenezer's son, James Johnston, soldier, born in Tyrrel county, North Carolina, 4 July, 1828; died near Winchester, Virginia, ] 7 July, 1863, was graduated at the University of North Carolina in 1847, and became assistant professor in the Naval observatory at Washington, but shortly afterward began the study of law. He travelled in Europe in 1850-'2, and then began practice in Charleston. S.C. He was elected to the legislature in 1856, and in 1858 went abroad again and entered the Sardinian army; but the peace of Villa Franca prevented him from seeing active service, and after a visit to Spain he returned to South Carolina and devoted himself to the improvement of the militia, in which he was elected captain. In 1860, by order of Governor Pickens, he demanded of Major Robert Anderson the evacuation of Fort Sumter. He was afterward made colonel of the 12th North Carolina regiment, and in 1862 was promoted brigadier-general in the Confederate army. He was wounded and taken prisoner at Seven Pines, and after his exchange fought at Gettysburg, where he commanded Heth's division on the third day, took part in Pickett's charge, and was wounded again. On the retreat into Virginia that followed he was surprised by a small party of National cavalry and received wounds from which he died three days later. General Pettigrew published "Spain and the Spaniards" (1859). See "Memorial of J. Johnston Pettigrew," by William H. Trescott (Charleston, South Carolina, 1870).
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